• Johnson, Cornelius stand out at OSU pro day

    By: Jeff Kolb


    STILLWATER, Okla. – The Oklahoma State football team hosted its annual Pro Day Tuesday inside the weight room at Boone Pickens Stadium and on the field at the Sherman E. Smith Training Center, with 13 Cowboys working out in front of representatives from every NFL team.


    Some of the top marks from the day included wide receiver Tyron Johnson being clocked at 4.34 seconds in the 40-yard dash, a 39-inch vertical jump from defensive end Jarrell Owens, 25 bench press reps for offensive lineman Larry Williams and several of the day’s top marks from quarterback Taylor Cornelius.


    Cornelius, who finished with the best broad jump, 20-yard shuttle, 60-yard shuttle and three-cone drill marks of any player on Tuesday, had several marks that would have ranked among the best quarterback results at this year’s NFL Combine.


    Of those marks, his 38-inch vertical jump might be the most impressive, as it would have ranked No. 1 among all quarterbacks at the combine and been 3.5 inches better than the best mark at the event. Additionally, his 9’11’’ broad jump would have been third, his three-cone drill time of 7.06 seconds would have been fourth, his 4.7-second 40-time would have been sixth and his 4.33-second 20-yard shuttle would have been eighth. Although quarterbacks did not participate in the 60-yard shuttle at the combine, Cornelius finished the drill in 11.45 seconds, which would have ranked eighth among all players at the NFL Combine this year.


    "I thought it went good, I really did,” Cornelius said. “We hit our routes that we wanted to hit. Tyron and I got a little extra work in at the end. Overall, I thought it went well. There's always things to improve on though."


    Johnson, who put in extensive on-field workouts with Cornelius after timing drills, would have had the fifth-best 40-time among receivers at the combine this year and the seventh-best among all players.


    Other marks that would have fared well at this year’s combine include Owens’ vertical of 38 inches, which would have been the second-best among all edge rushers and defensive linemen, and 23 bench press reps from Kenneth Edison-McGruder, which would have been No. 1 among all safeties.


    Following the conclusion of Pro Day, several Cowboys met with media to discuss the day’s events. Some of their comments are below:



    Quarterback Taylor Cornelius


    On his mindset after Pro Day:

    "I am confident. That's the end goal, to keep going and moving forward."


    On the various Pro Day performances:

    "I thought it went good, I really did. We hit our routes that we wanted to hit. Tyron and I got a little extra work in at the end. Overall, I thought it went well. There's always things to improve on though."


    On his 40-yard dash time:

    "I was really happy with it, really happy with it. Maybe it was just the warm weather today. I felt really good with it."


    On his vertical jump:

    "That was awesome. That was my first time hitting 38 inches. I'd been close to that a couple times, but it was great to max out today."


    On his results:

    "I think it shows my athleticism. That's something a lot of people didn't know that I had. I want to prove everything that I can."


    On his preparation for Pro Day:

    "For a couple weeks I went out to San Diego and worked with Todd Durkin. Then I came back here and worked with Coach Glass and he's been getting me where I need to be."



    Wide Receiver Tyron Johnson


    On his Pro Day:

    "I felt great. I came out here, I think I put on a show. I did what's expected of me. I feel like I came out and got the job done."


    On what he thinks he proved today:

    "It was everything. I feel like I'm an underdog coming into this draft. I feel like people don't know much about me. Scouts don't know much about me, but I feel like I woke them up today."


    On his decision to enter the draft:

    "I felt like I was ready. I feel like I know myself and I know I'll go do what it takes to get drafted and make a team. I know I was just ready for it."


    On hearing the buzz of where he might land:
    "I can't control any of that. I can't really read into it. I see things, but I had to do what I can control and that was come to Pro Day and show out."


    On using his underdog mentality as fuel:

    "That's how I always feel. I wake up I feel like an underdog. I feel like I have something to prove."



    Defensive End Jordan Brailford


    On how he thought Pro Day went:

    "I think it went pretty well. There was some good. There was some bad, but you've just got to take the wins."


    On how the day lived up to the hype:

    "It's exciting. I got butterflies in my stomach the night before. It's always good when you get that nervous feeling because it lets you know how much you love and care about something."


    On what he has proven in the draft process:

    "I think I've proven that I can move and that I'm versatile. We'll see how teams view me in the coming weeks."


    On nerves compared to the NFL Combine:

    "I wasn't as nervous as at the combine, but I was still a little nervous. There weren't as many people around, but when you interview with future employers, it's a little nerve-wracking. I just tried to put my best foot forward."

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